NATIONAL POETRY MONTH AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

March 9, 2006

March 9, 2006 – National Poetry Month, an April literary celebration founded by the American Academy of Poets, will be observed with free events at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) for poetry lovers and first-timers alike.

Defining the Poem: A Beginner's Workshop for Adult Poets WITH CAVE CANEM
Monday, March 27, 6:30 PM
Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 6:30 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Cave Canem, an organization that conducts many poetry workshops and retreats, is coming to BPL to host this four-part workshop for adults. Focusing on American poetry, with an emphasis on poets of color, participants will observe poetic form and apply this to their own writing. The workshop will be lead by Dante Micheaux, a poet whose work has appeared in several journals and anthologies.

POETRY WORKSHOP FOR TEENS WITH CAVE CANEM
Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 4 PM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054

Tuesday, April 4, 4 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 St. Edwards Street, 718.935.0244
Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:30 PM
Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 3:30 PM
Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street, 718.596.6972

Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 4 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.6547

Fridays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 4 PM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718.773.7208

Cave Canem hosts this workshop for teens age 13-17. This is a chance for teens to learn about and write poetry in a creative environment.

POETS' COFFEEHOUSE SERIES 2006
Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Grand Army Plaza
718.230.2100

Hear some of the greatest poets of our time share their work. Hosted by Brooklyn poet Robert Hershon.

April 4
Marie Howe:
Author of What the Living Do: Poems and The Good Thief: Poems (a National Poetry Series selection)
John Yau: Author of Borrowed Love Poems, Forbidden Entries and his latest, Ing Grish
Rebecca Wolff: Author of Figment: Poems (winner of Barnard Women Poets Prize) and Manderley: Poems (a National Poetry Series selection)

April 11
Valzhyna Mort:
Author of I'm as Thin as Your Eyelashes
Caroline Knox: Author of He Paves the Road with Iron Bars, A Beaker: New and Selected Poems, and the forthcoming Quaker Guns
Ron Overton: Author of many works, including his latest, Psychic Killed by Train and Hotel Me: Poems for Gil Evans and Others

April 18
Joanna Fuhrman:
Author of Freud in Brooklyn, Ugh Ugh Ocean and the just-released Moraine
David Shapiro: Author of over 30 volumes of poetry, translation and criticism
Tom Devaney: Author of The American Pragmatist Fell in Love and Letters to Ernesto Neto

April 25
William Corbett:
Author of New & Selected Poems, All Prose: Selected Essays and Reviews, and New York Literary Lights: William Corbett
Karen Weiser: Author of Heads Up Fever Pile, Eight Positive Trees, Placefullness and the forthcoming Pitching Woo
Joan Larkin: Author of Housework: Poems, A Long Sound: A Book of Poems and the soon-to-be-released My Body: New and Selected Poems

POETRY READING WITH JEFFREY RENARD ALLEN AND DAVID MILLS
Thursday, April 6, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Award-winning Jeffrey Renard Allen will read from his Harbors and Spirits, an adaptation of jazz and blues forms to lyric poetry, and from his forthcoming poetry collection, Stellar Places.
David Mills will read from his forthcoming collection, Illiterate Fish. This work, to be released in 2007, includes a variety of persona poems featuring such diverse voices as Tina Turner, Phyllis Hyman and those of Holocaust victims.

ECHOES FROM THE ROOMS OF CARL SANDBURG: A PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT PERRY DELL
Saturday, April 8, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room

An exciting dramatization of the profound poetry and prose of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg, delivered by veteran television and screen actor Perry Dell.

OPEN MIC POETRY READING FOR ADULTS
Saturday, April 8, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room

A chance for everyone to be a poet, whether experimenting for the first time or perfecting a long developed piece. Each volunteer is given five minutes to read. Reservations must be made by calling the Programs and Exhibitions Department at 718.369.9385, or by emailing l.sonder@brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

POETRY WORKSHOP FOR TEENS WITH ELISSA FAIRBROTHER
Tuesdays, April 18, 25, 4 PM
Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 4 PM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348

Elissa Fairbrother is an actor, dancer and writer who has inspired children and teenagers to love literature through her unique use of basic acting techniques. This workshop will have teens age 13-17 brainstorming ideas and turning them into their own poems.
















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